Naches Heights Vineyard (NHV) launched in 2002 when founder Phil Cline planted his first vines behind his home on Naches Heights Road in Yakima, WA. While this was Phil’s first endeavor with viticulture, he is no foreigner to cultivating the land (he grew up on the farmland where he planted those first vines). Now, with over 11 years in existence, Naches Heights Vineyard has grown production to include seven different wines including Mourvedre, Riesling, Syrah and Tempranillo.
One notable aspect of Naches Heights Vineyard is their embrace of the terroir, or natural character, of the land on which their vines grow. To achieve this, NHV uses organic and biodynamic practices wherever possible and follows established guidelines of various programs like Salmon Safe. Many folks remain skeptical of the biodynamic approach to wine production, but it seems to be working for Naches Heights, and I give high praise to any winery that chooses to embrace practices that yield a quality product while reducing harmful by-products.
The Naches Heights Vineyard tasting room is not one to miss on a trip to taste wine in Yakima. Opened in 2012, the space sits on three acres of perfectly manicured gardens and is set next to seven acres of organic and biodynamic vineyard land. Designed by Phil’s wife, Barbara Cline, the tasting room is absolutely stunning. It is apparent that Barbara pushed her architectural and artistic prowess to the limits to ensure the experience had by guests at NHV is one of relaxation and rejuvenation. When planning your visit, be sure to check the winery website or Facebook page, as they regularly rent out their facilities for weddings and private parties.
Most recently, NHV’s 2012 Riesling has been getting some great publicity. If you can get your hands on a bottle, it would pair wonderfully with a spicy Thai curry or a variety of seafood dishes such as salmon or halibut.
Tasting Room Address: 2410 Naches Heights Road, Yakima, WA 98908